Today at CES 2015, Kingston introduced microSD and SD cards under the UHS-I Speed Class 3 boasting some 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write speeds. This is great news for those who want to play and record 4K video without stuttering. These speeds exceeds the standard Class 10 SD cards 9x times for the read speeds and 8x times for the write speeds.
By Kingston estimates, users can capture up to 60 minutes of 4K HD video or shoot photos in RAW or up to 8,000 24 MP images in JPEG on a 64GB card. The new card is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors, but pricing is yet to be announced.
Kingston SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 Flash Card Features & Specifications
Versatile: Class 10 performance when used in a non-UHS-I capable device
Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification
Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
Compatible: with SDHC & SDXC host devices; SDXC cards are not compatible with SDHC-enabled devices/readers
File format: FAT32 (SDHC 16 GB-32 GB), exFAT (SDXC 64 GB)
Guaranteed: lifetime warranty, free technical support
Capacities: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Dimensions: 24 mm x 32 mm x 2.1 mm
Operating Temperatures: -25°C to 85°C
Storage Temperatures: -40°C to 85°C
Performance: up to 90 MB/s read and 80 MB/s write, UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3)
Last year, We reached the 128GB limit in microSD cards. This year at MWC 2015, SanDisk broke that record and introduced New 200GB microSD card. The SanDisk 200GB Ultra® microSDXCTM UHS-I card is now a reality.
Moving files won't take nearly as long, the card is UHS-I rated and can offers transfer speeds of 90MBps which is approximately about 1,200 photos moved per minute. The card is water proof, temperature proof (-25°C to 85°C / -13°F to 185°F), shock proof, magnet proof and even X-ray proof.
The 200GB microSD card will become available worldwide in Q2,2015 at $400. The price will probably go down after the initial launch, the 128GB card is currently $100, having started at $130. It was as low as $90 at one point.
Big things can come in very, very small packages... SanDisk has just released a 200GB microSDXC card with UHS-I speed, which is as absurdly tiny as the rest of them but offers the most storage to date for the format.
Previously, the largest microSD card type available offered 128GB of unformatted storage, but this latest version adds more than 50% additional capacity. The 200GB version was announced back in March, and SanDisk says the 90MB/second read speed allows approximately 1200 photos to be transferred via USB 3.0 in a minute (remember, most of the latest devices supports up to 128 GB only).
Granted, all that capacity comes at a price, and removable storage is never cheap especially at first. The 200GB card sells for £210 from Amazon, whereas the 128GB version is just £58. You could buy three of those for less and have loads more storage, but of course, swapping tiny cards like these is problematic.